A pair of New England light heavyweight prospects will be looking to get back into the win column in August.
MMA Junkie was first to report the news that William Knight will fight Fabio Cherant on August 21 at a yet-to-be-announced event. Both fighters would confirm the booking via social media.
Knight (9-2) had his three-fight win streak snapped last month at UFC on ABC 2. There, he lost a lopsided unanimous decision to Da Un Jung. “Knightmare” was originally scheduled against Alonzo Menifield, but the fight was cancelled twice, which led to an opponent change. Before his first UFC loss, Knight was successful in his UFC debut against Aleksa Camur at UFC 253 on ‘Fight Island’ and received a contract on season four of Dana White’s Contender Series.
Cherant (7-2) also had his three-fight win streak snapped earlier this year at UFC 260. He was submitted against Knight’s original opponent Menifield in the first round. Cherant took the fight on very short notice, but he also missed weight for the first time in his career. Prior to his UFC debut, “Water Buffalo” was riding high off winning the vacant LFA Light Heavyweight Championship.
The UFC matchmakers seem to be having fun with this one. Cherant’s first professional loss was to Camur, who was Knight’s UFC debut, and Knight was supposed to fight Menifield, which was Cherant’s debut. Both fighters are veterans of the New England regional scene.
No location, venue, or broadcast details have yet to be announced by the promotion for UFC’s August 21 event. No other fights have been reported outside of Fabio Cherant vs. William Knight.